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New Restrictions In Effect For Teen Drivers

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Starting today in Michigan, first-time drivers will no longer be allowed on the road after 10 pm, and can only have one other non-family teen passenger in the car, unless it’s to or from school or a school sanctioned event.

WWJ’s Ron Dewey said it’s the latest effort by Lansing to make roads safer, but not everyone is liking it.

Tasha Moore is ready to turn 16 herself, and get behind the wheel.

“It’s not fair. A lot of us have friends and we like to go places. With just one of us in a car, there’s going to be too many of us on the road. Like they already said, the pollution is bad but then y’all don’t want us to be on the road with more than one seat in the car, it’s not fair. There’s no purpose,” Moore said.

Gabe Mitan, a Ferndale High student was surprised to learn about the new, stricter car curfew, but he doesn’t seem to mind.

“I can understand why they’re doing this, because a lot of people in our generation nowadays are very irresponsible, and they’re texting. We need some of these restrictions to teach us a lesson about this.” Mitan said.

According to the National Transportation Safety Administration, the most dangerous driver on the road is a 16-year-old, and the risks go up with more teen passengers in the car.

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